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Video Sunday: Han shot first

A contemporary librarian noir starring folks I know?  Don’t mind if I do!  I had no idea that Sarah Murphy was such a fine actress but it surprises me not at all.  Written and co-directed by Joy Tomasko with co-direction, photography and post-production by Jon Dieringer and starring librarians and friends thereof, this film premiered at The Bell House in December 2011 during the Desk Set’s Biblio Noir, a fundraiser for Literacy for Incarcerated Teens (which I missed thanks to my new baby state).   Screened at Spectacle Theater in June 2012 it’s now available online.  Many thanks to Maria Falgoust for the link.

After that, let’s start the day off right with a book that is completely and utterly unavailable to us here in America.  Basically, this all boils down to a children’s graphic novel, blurbed by Shaun Tan himself, that we have not yet seen.  Tan says of it, “Reading this book is like being quietly ushered into another dimension by winged strangers, a place beyond the tread of normal earth-bound language. Ephemeral as a feather, timeless as a rock, and as true as both, Unforgotten is a magical experience.”  That would be Unforgotten by Tohby Riddle.  Here’s the trailer:

Thanks to Andrew Joyner for the link!

So this is fun. The Digital Shift recently came up with the Seven Top Trailers to Hook Kids on Books. Picking and choosing amongst them there’s a lot to enjoy here, but I’m particularly taken with this 60th Anniversary trailer for good old Charlotte’s Web (#1 on my Top 100 Children’s Novels Poll, doncha know). Observe:

Speaking of pigs, in comes the rather timely (how many Olympic-related fictional picture books are there this season?) Olympig via author Victoria Jamieson.  Much with the fun.

Finally, for our off-topicness, I think I’m going to go nerd on you and whip out a bit of Star Wars meets Goyte stuff.  I know you’ve probably already seen it, but it makes me happy.  See if you can hear the hidden Wookie howl.

About Elizabeth Bird

Elizabeth Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.


  1. Karen Gray Ruelle says:

    Hey, was that you in the Charlotte’s Web video spelling TERRIFIC? Sure sounded like you, Betsy.

  2. Karen Gray Ruelle says:

    (Whoever it was did a TEERRIIFFIICC job!)

  3. I love the black and white. Is that the library branch on 44 Street (?). I remember going to an Author’s Guild meeting there. Looks fantastic on film.

    • Elizabeth Bird says:

      No terrific from me, but I appreciate the thought. And Melanie I’m not entirely certain where that library is, but if it’s the one I’m thinking of then I think I attended a PEN meeting there once too. It’s not an NYPL branch in any case.

  4. All,
    I must admit, the “TERRIFIC” was me. (I’m a goose at heart.)
    I’m co-owner of the company who created the Charlotte trailer, Dog Ear Creative. Thanks so much to everyone who has watched and enjoyed our video. We, like Wilbur, are truly humbled by the honor.
    Michelle Corpora